Answers to 3 Common Questions About Porcelain Veneers

  • By Website Team Technicians
  • 09 Dec, 2016

Dentists use porcelain veneers to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. Veneers can correct discolouration, misalignment and cracks or chips.

Whether you simply want to optimise your smile or need help with a serious dental issue, veneers may represent your best option. In this blog, we answer three common questions about porcelain veneers.

1. How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

A dental veneer consists of a thin piece of cosmetic porcelain. Dental professionals use porcelain intended specifically to mimic the colour and texture of healthy, white and straight teeth.

To apply veneers to a patient's teeth, your dentist may start with taking moulds. This step ensures that the final product looks as natural as possible. Once your dentist knows the desired shape for the veneers, he or she creates smooth porcelain covers intended to adhere directly to a tooth's surface.

Before placing the veneer, your dentist may remove a small layer of enamel from the tooth's surface. The enamel change gives each veneer an optimal surface to attach to and less chance of protruding in an unnatural way.

Then, your dentist will use an oral adhesive, similar to what's used to secure braces, to attach the veneers to your teeth. Once the veneers are in place, your dentist may use a precision drill tool to further shape the veneers.

On rare occasions, your dentist may also need to make minor adjustments after your initial appointment. In these cases, the adjustments simply ensure that you can brush, floss and eat normally without interference due to veneer shape.

Veneers require care similar to your natural teeth. Additionally, your dentist may also recommend wearing a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports and abstaining from food and drink that may stain your veneers.

2. Which Issues Can Veneers Correct?

While most people only think of veneers as a tool to correct broken or cracked teeth, these durable porcelain covers can make numerous changes. Your dentist may use veneers to address any of the following concerns:

  • Chips, cracks and other types of tooth trauma
  • Discolouration that whitening alone cannot correct
  • Malocclusion, such as small gaps between teeth
  • Misalignment that isn't severe enough to require orthodontia
  • Visibly worn down enamel caused by diet, lifestyle or bruxism

For many patients, veneers offer a cost-effective way to make dramatic, cosmetic changes to their smile. Because veneers require one to three appointments on average, they represent a small time investment with beautiful results.

3. Who Is Eligible for Porcelain Veneers?

Most patients easily qualify for veneers. However, your dentist will likely recommend other forms of minimally invasive treatment for your concerns first.

Ideal recipients of porcelain veneers meet the following criteria:

  • All adult teeth have fully erupted.
  • Any other serious dental treatments have concluded.
  • They practice good oral hygiene that maintains enamel as much as possible.
  • They have good overall oral health, which reduces the risks of oral procedures.

As you consider the steps you can take to achieve your best smile, keep your budget in mind as well. Many patients feel some concern about the cost of veneers, which can be higher than some other forms of treatment. Veneers also may not be covered under your insurance.

However, dental veneers offer the most effective treatment for many types of dental issues. Ask your dentist for recommendations based on your specific situation.

 

If you think porcelain veneers could be the perfect solution to your dental concerns, talk to your dentist. He or she can help you decide on procedure specifications, including how many individual veneers you need to achieve the desired look.

For more information about oral health for you and your entire family, read our other blog posts . To learn more about other common cosmetic dental procedures, browse our patient guide .

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The time has come. You brush and floss your kids' teeth every day, but it's finally time for their first official dentist appointment. You know how important it is to attend regular dentist appointments. You want your kids to have good oral health for life and don't want them to develop a fear of the dentist or feel anxiety about dental visits.

To ensure your kids have a good experience on their foundational visit to the dentist, prepare them properly before the big day.

Schedule the First Visit Early

Most experts advise that children see a dentist sometime before their first birthday. The earlier you can get your kids in to the dentist, the better. If they start early, they'll be familiar with the process and know what to expect as they get older.

However, if you missed that first early visit, it's not too late to establish good oral health for your kids. Get them in to see a dentist as soon, and as young, as possible.

Go to a Family-Friendly Dentist

What kind of dentist you choose matters. Even if you love your own dentist, they may not be right for your kids.

Choose a dentist who regularly deals with children and families. Many dentists' offices have long experience dealing with children and will happily accept appointments for the whole family. Your kids will likely have a better time if their dentist knows how to appeal to children.

Remember it's not just the dentist who will deal with your kids. Everyone from the front-office staff to the oral hygienist will also interact with your children and contribute to their first dental experience. Choose an office that knows how to make a positive first impression.

Explain Why You Go to the Dentist

Before their first visit, explain to your kids why it's important to go to the dentist. Talk, in a kidfriendly way, about how the dentist uses special tools to make their teeth squeaky clean again.  

Use metaphors or imagery that are easy for kids to understand. Decide, based on your children's personalities, whether to tell them how little cavity bugs hide in their teeth and the dentist needs to clean them off, or whether to just say you need the dentist to keep teeth healthy and strong.

Tell your children what you personally like about going to the dentist. Maybe you like when the dentist polishes your teeth or takes an X-ray. Relay your own experience to give your kids a positive impression of what to expect.

Show Your Kids Positive Media

Familiarize your children with the environment and equipment they'll see at the dentist's office. Show them pictures and videos of kids at the dentist and images of the tools the dentist uses to clean their teeth. Find episodes of kid-friendly TV shows that address dental visits, and watch them with your children.

Expose your children to a variety of positive media about dental visits. If they know what things look like and what to expect before they get to the office, they'll be less intimidated by the dental environment.

Give Your Kids Something to Look Forward To

Offer your children a treat or special event for after their dentist visit. Maybe they'll get to spend a day at the zoo, or just go out for ice cream after their appointment. Give them a positive event to look forward to so they approach their first visit to the dentist with happy anticipation.

With the right preparation, you can help your kids establish a positive relationship to dentists and oral hygiene. Promote a good attitude before their first dental visit and build a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives.  

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